Adrianne Palicki will get her chance to be a superhero, after all.
The Hollywood Reporter states Palicki has signed on to portray superspy Bobbi Morse, also knows as Mockingbird, in ABC's Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD. Palicki is scheduled to appear in the fifth episode of the Marvel procedural with opportunity to return. It is possible that Palicki's character appears as a foe and not a friend to Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the SHIELD team.
The arrival of Palicki's character was first teased in July at Comic-Con when Patton Oswalt, who plays both Billy and Sam Koenig, confirmed that Life Model Decoys exist in the SHIELD universe and suggested that Palicki's character could appear in season two.
Palicki joins a rapidly growing roster of guest stars heading to Agents of SHIELD's second run. She joins Kyle McLachlan as Skye's (Chloe Bennet) father; Lucy Lawless as SHIELD veteran Isabelle Hartly; Reed Diamond as Hydra villain Daniel Whitehall (aka Kraken); Nick Blood as a mercenary Coulson reaches out to for help; Henry Simmons as agent Alphonso "Mac" Mackenzie; and Simaon Kassianides as Bakshi.
Previously, Palicki appeared in Friday Night Lights. Palicki reteamed with Friday Night Light's Jason Katims on NBC's About A Boy playing Will's (David Walton) love interest, which Palicki will reprise next season.
The Los Angeles Times reports this is not Palicki's first foray into the Superhero arena. Palicki was cast as Wonder Woman in David E. Kelley's television pilot about the iconic heroine, but the show was never picked up to series. Palicki also played Nadia in the WB pilot Aquaman.
Created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, Agents of SHIELD arrived last year with a great deal of fanfare as Marvel's first foray into live-action television. The show initially received a somewhat mixed reception, with ratings dipping in the wake of a strong debut.
Marvel is currently working on a number of new live-action television projects, including a series for ABC, Agent Carter, that will see Hayley Atwell reprise her role from the Captain America films, and Daredevil, starring Charlie Cox as the blind hero.
The latter series is one of four shows Marvel is producing for Netflix. The comic book powerhouse also is developing original live-action series centered on Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage for the streaming service. Each series will have a minimum of 13 episodes and will culminate with a special The Defenders miniseries event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.